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Coin Type: Silver denarius of Septimius Severus, 193 CE - 211 CE
Mint and Date: Emesa, 194 CE.
Size and Weight: 17mm, 2.98g
Obverse: IMP CAE L • SEP SEV PERT AVG COS I
Laureate head right.
Reverse: FELICIT TEMPOR
Corn-ear between two cornucopias.
Ref: RCV (2002) —; RIC IV 373 var; BMCRE (V) unlisted variant of p.91, 349
Provenance: michaeld7501 (eBay), February 2008.
BW Ref: 060 036 122
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Note 1: Martin Griffiths (Maridvnvm on the Forum Classical Numismatics Discussion Board) has a die match to the obverse of this coin. He quotes Curtis Clay from a discussion about his coin in 2004 as follows: "That (obverse) die is under COS I in my cast collection. I read the wedge on bust as a I, but no second stroke under the bust.
There are some early COS I coins were the reading may be intentional, but yours is one of a smaller later group where COS I is apparently just an error, because by that time COS II was the standard and only correct title.
I have casts of two other coins from the same dies as yours, Oxford and Bickford-Smith coll., and two from the same obv. die with crossed cornucopias rev. type."
Note 2: This coin is listed on WildWinds under Septimius Severus, RIC 373v-3.
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